The Psalmist said, “I have hidden your word in my heart so I might not sin against you.” God’s Word can be a protection for our heart and soul. It can teach us, convict us, and challenge us.
The same is true for Christian leaders. The best leadership book is the Bible.
Here are 12 great Bible verses for Christian leaders:
Luke 6:31 Do to others as you would like them to do to you.
How much more successful would our organizations be if all of us approached each other in this way? Leaders, the culture of teams we lead will be greatly shaped by the example we set for them.
Philippians 2:3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.
I’m convinced humility might be the most attractive leadership quality there is these days.
Proverbs 4:23 Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.
Leadership is ultimately a product of the heart we have for others and the vision we’ve been called to lead. The heart impacts passion, motivation and tenacity.
Exodus 18:21 You will need to appoint some competent leaders who respect God and are trustworthy and honest. Then put them over groups of 10, 50, 100, and 1,000.
Don’t try to do it all. Surround yourself with capable people of integrity – empower, delegate – and get out of their way and let them lead.
Psalm 78:72 With upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand.
I love the imagery of a shepherd as leader. My friend, Larry Osborne, wrote a great book about the subject.
Matthew 20:26 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant.
Great leaders see it as their main ambition to help others achieve worthy goals they might not achieve on their own. “When you win, I win, and we all win!”
Philippians 2:4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
It can’t only be “my way”. Leaders must be open to listening to the desires of others and incorporating them into the overall goals and objectives of the organization.
Matthew 5:37 Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.
Genuine honesty and transparency in leadership is rare, but so, so valuable – and effective.
John 3:30 He must become greater; I must become less.
Biblical leaders recognize the ultimately glory belongs to God.
Galatians 6:9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
I have seen many leaders give up on something just before there would have been a turnaround – whether on a project, a passion or a person. Looking back on my leadership career I’ve done this many times.
Isaiah 41:10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
On days you are discouraged, overwhelmed, or feel everything is a loss – remember God is with you. He is walking beside you. Nothing is impossible with God.
1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Leadership is hard. Don’t attempt it alone.
Perhaps you should choose one or two of these – write them down somewhere you’ll see them often, and commit them to memory.
What other verses would you recommend to leaders?